The Art of Self Portraits feat. Goia Boutique | GCeeStyle

You know that stereotype: Fashion Blogger + Photographer Boyfriend? I, yes I, am that stereotype. My boyfriend, Darien, has been my personal photographer for the past 8 years. We’ve both grown a lot in that time creatively; picked up on each others aesthetic & learned how to compliment them. I have to admit, it’s a true blessing.

But our day jobs don’t always align with each other – on days when he’s gone & I need to get work done, I shoot alone. & I don’t mind it either.untitled (6 of 7)It’s a bit of a challenge, especially since I do NOT have a Cannon remote to take pictures while posing. Still, I typically have a lot of fun doing it and have thought about doing self portraits more often just to see what I can create. A typical, solo shoot consists of me, a stool to help focus my camera [I do shoot in RAW manual] & a quick sprint to get into position and pose. By the end, I’m usually sweating like I finished a full workout.

Here are a series of shots I took for the Etsy Shop Goia Boutique featuring their handmade headband. Paisley print is a classic – adding the print to an accessory such as a headband is such a lovely, unexpected twist. I paired the headband with a thrifted green button top. I wanted to make the headband pop and using a contrasting color really draws the eyes to my upper half. To play up the feminine vibe, I buttoned the top just enough to create an off-the-shoulder situation. I’m really happy with the combo of these two. Very fem and girly. 

I tied the look together with my Super High Rise Skinnies from Urban Outfitters, which was also thrifted. I threw on my thick brown belt, again thrifted, & tied the whole look together with my H&M black Platform booties.untitled (4 of 7)untitled (2 of 7)untitled (7 of 7)untitled (1 of 7)Thank you, Goia Boutique, for sending over this headband. I love the color, pattern and my favorite thing: it’s handmade! The quality is superb and I can see this being an accessory that both my little and I can rock. My little is 4 years old & she’s already claimed ownership of the headband. ūüėÖ ūüôÉ *Photos to come soon.

I’m thinking of maybe filming a video showing a little behind the scenes action of what I do when shooting my self portraits/creating content in general. Please let me know if it’s something you’d like to see!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

GC xo

Creative Corner |Benefits of Having a Creative Space

“Art is where Work meets Love.”

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The arts have always been a part of my identity – I’ve quickly learned that if I am not regularly creating, I am not a happy gal. Everyday life starts feeling empty. There’s real magic in physically putting something together: it being an outfit, a painting, jewelry, film/videos, etc. I can’t fully explain this magic (except in my creative pieces, of course).

I know there are other creatives who understand: it’s a part of them that needs to be released. Be brought into the world. A piece of their mind, really. Them. 

Having a dedicated place in your home – or [ideally] a separate room altogether – is such a necessity when it comes to channeling that creative energy. In NYC, I had a small studio in my laundry room. Yes, my laundry room. It wasn’t a big space but it was my space. 1.5 years later, I now have an entire Den to use as an office/studio space. I am beyond thankful for the size; both Darien and I can share it while still having enough room for us both to venture off in our own creative worlds. I have so much planned on how it’ll be organize to make use of it’s full potential. Right now, we’re currently in the early stages of it’s life but I’m stoked to see it grow and develop as both Darien and I develop in the coming months.

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The five benefits I’ve gain from having my own creative corner:

  1. Being able to leave a project mid-way, & then return later to pick-up exactly where you left off. This is probably my favorite thing, especially as someone who creates jewelry and is constantly designing. If I feel like I’m in a rut, I can stop, take a break & come back once I’m fully caffeinated and ready to take on the artist block.
  2. Separating work from home. I do work a 9-5 four days a week and am a house wife/mama – that leaves me with one weekday where I’m able to sit in my office, and be in complete ‘work’ mode. As someone who enjoys creating and hustles part-time, having a space where I’m able to separate from home duties helps greatly with motivation and focus.
  3. The Escape Room. My office/studio space is my escape room – whenever I’m feeling the need to create & release any kind of stress or tension, it’s my go to location. Even if it’s not related to my Blog/YouTube or jewelry designs, it’s a place that promotes positivity no matter the medium the feelings create.
  4. Motivation for the kid(s). I’m a mother of one and she follows me EVERYWHERE. Putting that in capitalization is still an understatement to her obsession with me. I’m fully aware that it comes with the territory of being a mama, but I want her to follow and be motivated by my good habits. The hard work and dedication my office/studio room gives me is something I want her to see and embrace in her own way. She’s already a little artist – I want her to feel just as comfortable as her father and I in that space.
  5. Organization & Tidiness. Nothing makes me happier than having a space that’s organized – for the most part. Going back to point 1 – leaving work undone to return to later isn’t necessarily keeping your space tidy, but it does help with keeping you slightly organized. I mean that in the sense of you knowing what project you’re currently working on & where things are. If you have paperwork attached with your art (small business?), it’s also a great place to keep important paperwork together and safe.

Have a benefit not on the list? Please feel free to share them down below – I would love to know some of your benefits and incorporate them into my current space. Where do you have your creative corner? Remember, it’s never about size – your creative corner can be anywhere in your home. As long as it’s a place where you’re able to freely create, it is your creative corner.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Button-Down Top: H&M
  • Tube Tob: Thrifted Scarf
  • Belt: Urban Outfitters
  • Shorts: American Eagle
  • Socks: Target
  • Shoes: Vans

As always, thank you for visiting my page. I hope you have a killer week.

Until the next post,

GC xo

Pink Moon. | Thrifted OOTD Spring 2018

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Happy Sunday:

Early May has been such a hectic month – my mother-in-law came down to visit, it was my 25th birthday on Mother’s Day, and Darien & I went on a little vacation to South Florida (Miami, give me a few years, we WILL be moving down). I’ve been trying to get back into our groove, honing down the daily routine, but in a week’s time, my sister & brother will be making there way to mi casa. This unconventional month is not done with us.

Since turning 25 last Sunday, and it’s a bit weird to say, I can already see my thought process changing and my habits adjusting, both in positive ways. Every time I would experience a birthday, I’ve always entered the new year with “I feel the same exact age as I did yesterday; doesn’t feel any different.” Twenty-five’s tone is completely new.

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These photos were taken on April 29th, the last Sunday of April, as the Sun was setting. This was also the night of the Full Pink Moon – & if you’re a believer in the powers of our Sun/Moon, then you would know the spiritual meaning of this night. It is the start of blossoming, making changes for the best – it being your habits or the circle of people around you. Embracing this new wave of positive change to enhance your life.

Did you know of the Full Pink Moon on 4/29/18? Have you noticed any changed in your habits, lifestyle, thoughts since the end of April? I would love to know down below!

Actually looking at my outfit, it didn’t dawn on me until that every single piece here is thrifted:

  • Camo Jacket
  • Huff Tee
  • DIY Denim Short
  • Platform Vans

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Forever and always sending my love.

If you have any post/video ideas you would like to see from me, please comment them as well! I have a few ideas in the works but would love to know your ideas. ūüôā ‚̧

GC xo

Fur-Ever Girls.

Happy Wednesday:

Nothing feels more amazing than watching your dreams become your reality. I was not planning on having another shoot with Kaelynn for another few months but baby girl was ready to take photos with mommy. #blessed

This was definitely not expected – but it’s totally something I am extremely happy about. My obsession with the¬†Mom & Daughter Blogger Duo¬†is real and I cannot wait to start heading in that same direction with my own blog.

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I was teaching the munchkin how to cross her legs and her attempts were beyond adorable to watch. And she totally got the hang of it after a while! The fact that she is totally open to trying new things makes my heart so warm; there’s really nothing else I can ask for as a mama.

Working on getting detailed shots is the next thing we’re going to tackle next time I include baby girl. She’s getting the hang of it and that means everything.

My little forever girl. ‚̧

Outfit Details:

Glendaly:

Headscarf & Scarf: Thrifted

Jumper: Thrifted

Jacket: Unif x Urban Outfitters

Tights: H&M

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Vans

 

Kaelynn:

Head Band: Forever 21

Coat: Thrifted

Dress: Flea Market

Tights: Carters

Sneakers: Converse

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you enjoy seeing Kaelynn on the blog? I would love to know your thoughts!

Until next week,

GC xo

GLO’ UP. | January 2017 Collage

Happy Hump Day:

The first half of 2016 was filled with monthly collages. I simply love how they gave me a burst of inspiration! I am one who is always inspired by everything I encounter, however, I find that it’s always nice to refine that constant inspiration onto one board.

Pinterest is a perfect way to have a mess-free board.*

I wanted to get back into the flow of making collages:

Welcome, Twenty Seventeen.

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January 2017: GLO’ UP.¬†

When was the last time you made a collage? Do you think they’re a great outlet for your inspiration? I would love to know your thoughts!

I’ll catch ya on my next post,

‘Till next time,

GC xo

 

May’s Collage & Wishlist | 2016

Happy Monday:

And I’m¬†back at it again with another monthly Collage & Wishlist.

This type of post is definitely becoming one of my faves Рrecycling old magazines in an inspirational way keeps my creative drive going. Make it a plan to invite all of your closest gal pals & have a mood board party! Worth. Your. Time. Trust me.

 

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This months collage is a hybrid between wordspiration and denim daze. Denim is my current go-to fabric and I am sensing a bit of foreshadowing action happening in this months collage.¬†I have been denim obsessed as of late and cannot wait to share some funky denim ensembles I’ve been planning.

I’ve also been obsessed with inspirational quotes. I recently found this Instagram dedicated to quality quotes and I swear it has enhanced my daily perspective to pure positivity. Even on my off days, these quotes inspire me to be grateful and to always feel blessed regardless of my struggles. The page is called @thegoodquote and I recommend everyone give them a follow.

 

Summer Daze.

 

 

My Wishlist is relatively simple this month. The minimal vibes have been getting stronger as I’ve been getting older. It’s just a way of life, I think. I’m totally in love with this romper – it reminds me that I still need to invest in the perfect romper this summer season. To¬†highlight the delicate black print on the romper, I decided to add black accessories. Cool summer nights need a romper like this to breeze through.

What’s been your inspiration as of late? Is there anything on your current Wishlist? Leave me a comment and let me know down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo